Hiatus #writing #hiatus #hygge

Yes, I’ll be taking a little hiatus / hygge  and will be back on March 19, 2018.

Going forward, there will be a few changes to this blog (format and content) that I’ll be mulling over during my time away from this space.

What I do know is that:

  • after this year’s April 2018 A to Z Challenge, my fiction will be limited to either my Facebook Page , the Facebook Group I’m creating or the email list subscribers. Only novella-related teasers will be found on this blog;
  • the “Living To Die” draft is being taken down from the blog; and
  • non-fiction and non-writing related topics will find a new home at “Spilling Lemonade“, which may be of interest to those who comment on my posts about being a woman, a person of color and or being 40-something.

If you are already on my emailing list, you will be the first to know what’s up (and you will receive free copy of “Living To Die” once it’s done). You’ll also get advanced teaser sneak peeks of my 2018 A to Z Challenge story.

In the meantime, I would LOVE for you to do the following for me:

  1. “Like” my Facebook Page that appears on this page;
  2. Sign up for my email list if you are interested in keeping up with my fiction.
  3. Check out “Spilling Lemonade” if you are interested.

Thanks again for your support and see you on March 19th for the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

M xoxo


Make 2018 YOUR Year! #happynewyear2018

It’s almost the beginning of a spanking brand new year! Are you excited?

Like many of you, I’ve started making tiny changes to my blog, like updating headers (yeah, that’s me on the beach you see up there), taking down posts I no longer like, making changes to categories, tags…It will be an off/on ongoing work in progress but that’s okay – cleaning up my blog space is giving me ideas on how to streamline even more.

As the new year progresses, you will notice other changes to my blog, mainly the fact that I will be repurposing some previous posts by updating its’ content this January (and more often). For now, most new content will be limited to the One Minute Fiction on Mondays, a few #WriterWednesdays and, Song Lyric Sundays.


I’ll be busy with a few “secret”/personal projects during the first few months of 2018 so I need to take a step back and make those a priority. I apologize in advance if you end up reading a post that sounds vaguely familiar!

Because of those personal projects, I’ve been forced to get back onto Facebook (yes, I said “forced” because I’m not that keen/savvy on social media in general) so if you would like to connect with me on FB feel free to send me a “Friend Request” here. Of course, I will still respond to comments on the blog but not as quickly as I usually do. I’m also on Twitter and Instagram under the same handle: @simplymarquessa. I’m already connected with lots of you there too.

I hope that this new year brings you all that your little heart desires and that the next 365 days are filled with good health (most important), wealth, prosperity and abundant happiness!

I no longer make resolutions since they are usually a recipe for disappointment. But my arms are open to whatever this new year has to offer me and what I have to offer to it.

Right now, my objective is to remember “get started” and “to keep going”:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

–Mark Twain

What about you? How will you make this year YOUR year?


M xoxo